Feb 24th, Mike Cernovich and others associated with the Deploraball
were back in DC. They held "A Night for Freedom DC" at The City Club of
Washington just a block from the Deploraball site, running the gauntlet
of loud anti-fascist protesters to get in and often being photographed.
Attempts by the fascists to conceal their venue location ended in
failure, with protesters descending on their party.
Organizers promised "Night for Freedom" attendees their event would
be in Washington DC, then suddenly claimed to have lost their venue and
moved the event to the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor with a few hours
to go. Public statements said refunds were also available. This was as
CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) was ending their
convention there. One of the "A Night for Freedom DC keynote speakers
was Milo Yiannopoulos, who has been banned from CPAC and whose presence
at any CPAC venue would have created major issues. Then with only an
hour to go the venue shifted again, back to DC to The City Club of
Washington. The City Club of Washington is just a block over from the
National Press Club, site of the Deploraball of Jan 2017 but no longer
available to Fascist events due to "security issues."
Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec are standard-bearers of the
"alt-light," a faction of the alt-right that tries to avoid being
publicly associated with Nazi salutes, Pepe the Frog, etc. Early
Deploraball publicity openly featured Pepe the Frog and other explicitly
fascist imagery, as this is what the organizers in fact believe in.
Then came Baked Alaska's big mouth on Twitter, with unending
anti-Semitic rants that cast the other Deploraball organizers in an ugly
light. The the alt-light/alt-right split then opened as Baked Alaska
was expelled from the organizers and banned, and Pepe the Frog, Nazi
salutes et all were banned as well for reasons of political expediency
Also present in Cernovich's "alt-light" crew are many of the
so-called "men's rights activists," "Manosphere" types famous for
claims that date rape either should be legalized or does not exist at
all. Cernovich himself is known for statements of this sort. One of the
attendees at the Deploraball was Roosh V, famous for overtly advocating
the legalization of date rape so long as it takes place on private
property. A series of Roosh events in Feb 2016 drew protests in DC,
Baltimore, and all over Turtle Island, all on the same night. Most of
his "meetups" that night ended in failure.
The first "Night for Freedom" in New York City was notable for
several arrests and the outing of "Jack Murphy" who turned out to be an
adminstrator with the DC Charter School board. Mike Cernovich was one of
the Deploraball organizers, and apparently finding a venue that would
take his event was not easy. Richard Spencer's "National Policy
Institute" was unable to get any venue at all in DC for their November
2017 event and attempted to meet at a wedding barn in Poolesville, MD.
That lasted until the owners checked in on them, found out who they
were, and ordered them off the property.
The stench of harboring fascists and pro-rape activists can linger
over a venue for a very long time as bad reviews get posted and stories
travel by word of mouth. Cleaning up a reputation after providing a
platform for advocates of rape, ethnic cleansing, and white supremacy
can be an exceptionally difficult job.